KIEV, August 22 (RIA Novosti) – Ukraine’s Border Guard Service said late on Friday that 227 Kamaz trucks carrying humanitarian aid had allegedly crossed into the country’s territory from the east.
“As of now, 227 vehicles have been moved… to the Ukrainian territory,” Pavlo Shisholin, deputy chief of Ukraine’s Border Guard Service, said.
Russia’s 280-truck convoy carrying some 2,000 tons of food, water, medicine and other essentials, had been stranded at the border with Ukraine for about a week, before the first group reportedly moved into the eastern part of the country and headed for crisis-hit Luhansk.
Luhansk city administration said earlier that the first group of convoy trucks that had checks run on them Friday by Ukrainian customs officers had already reached the city and were being unloaded.
Ukraine’s armed forces have been laying siege to the city of Luhansk for weeks, triggering a humanitarian crisis and leaving thousands of residents trapped without access to fresh water and electricity.